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External Hard Drive not working
#1
Well today i was working on some stuff and moving files and listening to music when all of a sudden music went off.. for whatever reason my external went off the map no more drive letter etc.. i have turned it off turned it back on and the only thing that happens is windows detects it with the USB connection sound.. nothing else appears. the drive is probably a bit over a year old. its a Maxtor. When turn it on i hear it engage itself and it starts spinning.. any ideas? i have some stuff i need to get off of here. Thanks
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#2
ok so me being curious as i am.. looked and noticed my warranty was shot so i said screw it and took out the hard drive itself. I put it in my computer and booted it up and now its recognizing it but saying Error performing inpage operation.. so idk anyone have any ideas now that i have this drive.


im now using a live cd and going to see if i can get in or do anything with the drive.
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#3
ok! so for whatever reason booting into a live cd then accessing the hard drive worked fine... the only problem is the computer its running on is my old one because of hd type... so i have 512 ram. i have 200 gigs that needs to be transferred and the first bit seems to be taking 161 mintues for 10 gigs.. i will see how it goes.. i hope nothing is corrupted but we will see!!
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#4
You are doing the correct steps to try to recover your data. My first impression is the drive is failing, and the long time for transfer indicated by windows is a symptom of that. Even on a 66Mhz bus, the speed should be much faster - same if it's using the original usb connection.

Good luck!

And of course it failed just after the warranty expired. They put a timer in these things, I think... Comp1
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#5
ok well the good news is i got all of my important stuff. :) and the bad news is i dont have my other stuff haha... I got roughly 50 gigs off of it. the rest is corrupted. I managed to get it back in the casing and it started spazzing again so i took the cover off and whacked it and it started working again..



I think im done with Maxtor what do you guys think.. ive just had terrible luck with them.


I am thinking about trying out some Western Digital
My book or My passport. Reviews seem WAY better then Maxtor..

Any other brands you guys would look into. Thanks!
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#6
Maxtor... Poo

Seagate (which now owns Maxtor, and it cheapened the whole company) - they've got good warranties, but that won't save your data when it fails :gun:

WD's - a little better... still have tossed quite a few... :compu2:

Samsungs - much better - but hard to find, even by mail order, and $$$$ Slap

Stone carvings - now those last... :loll:
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#7
Maxtor is now made by SEAGATE and i have had poor luck with seagate over the years.
WD drives are ok-ish but if one drive is going to fail one day after the warranty its going to be a WD drive.
i have had much better luck with samsung drives over the years,
they make the best laptop drives thats for sure.
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#8
hhmm.. ok..


What are a couple external cases you would recommend and what samsung drive would you recommend to put in that case > < haha



i was wondering any experience on USB powered ones vs AC powered Externals?

i know speed for sure.. but longevity of the drive
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#9
Locally, I get StarTech usb and SATA external enclosures. They seem to hold up well, and have separate power supplies. There are other brands, just happens to be the ones I use and buy for clients. Only use a usb powered one for a portable 2.5" drive for my laptop. Too much current draw for a larger drive, I feel.

There are lots of others - Thermaltake, Rosewill, Kingwin, Eagle, Coolmax. Some enclosures also have up to 5 drive bays, some built-in raid, and some have network interfaces.

My experience with very big drives is still limited, as they are still pretty new to the market. Those in the 160-250-320G range are the ones I use for most of my repairs and upgrades.
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#10
ok well i think im almost set with everything!! i managed to get everything back.. and of course right after the hard drive went out again !!! yay@!

Can i swap out the bad hard drive and put a new one in the maxtor case? or will there be something in there keeping it from working? cause i must say the case looks sweet right now haha
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#11
Since you got the case apart without breaking it (some won't disassemble at all; re: some seagates I've tried to recover data from), I'd say try a new drive in the old case. Note, it may have a chip in it that either won't see a bigger drive, or it looks for the brand name - I have an older Maxtor that came with a 80G and wouldn't see a 120 or larger at all.
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